Gently Releasing Fear about going back to work

Uncategorized Mar 16, 2021

Whoa... I've never started a blog with a whoa, and I've written some deep blogs including one that included my own 5-year fertility journey. But this seemingly innocuous event has my heart in my throat. I think it’s very important that we look at, honour and acknowledge our feelings around this so that we not only take care of ourselves but so we can be in the best possible place to welcome our clients back. Especially as we will all be needed now more than ever.

This blog is a prelude to a talk and Guided Gentle Release I will be doing in the LOVE Reflexology Facebook Group on Tuesday 23rd March. During the guided release I will help you release tension, stress and fear you may be holding before you return to work. Due to the complexity of every ones individual situations, beliefs and past experiences; it’s going to be different for everyone and I do wish I could give everyone an individual Gentle Release treatment bespoke to them, but since that can't happen I'm going...

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Virtual Treatments and Online Retreats...

Uncategorized Jan 18, 2021

I've often used Gentle Release Therapy virtually since it's conception, but I didn't make it part of the original practitioner course. It seemed too much of a stretch and I didn’t want people to think it doesn’t work as well because it can be done ‘online’. During this period with Covid many of us have had to expand ourselves, our beliefs and push outside our comfort zones and this is also very true for me.

We have had a number of enquiries about online training, to which I had said we wouldn't be offering it. However during this time I've done many more virtual treatments with clients and some of the other practitioners have been testing it out too with fantastic results. This has made me realise we need to share this with the world, especially since we have no idea how long we are going to be restricted with clients we can treat in person.

I first considered offering a course to do Virtual Gentle Release Treatments, but having two different...

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My Highly Sensitive Child - When socks become your nemesis...

Uncategorized Nov 22, 2020

My daughter’s sensitivities have been well and truly highlighted for us this year, whether it’s her age as she fast approaches 6 years old, or the changes in her life and our lives caused by COVID, who is to say.

The main issue we have had this year has been sensitivity to clothes, whilst she is desperate to wear them and go outside, play, go to school, it’s as though they totally overwhelm her body. Too ‘itchy scratchy’ as she would call it. If she managed to get her clothes on, chances are she would just go into meltdown, get really angry and upset and need to get them off very quickly and often aggressively. We tried everything to manage this with distractions as soon as she had got her clothes on, tickling, spotting rabbits in the garden, running, jumping, TV, no TV. The socks were often our nemesis as these could easily push her over the edge and undo everything.

I must have spent a fortune on different types of socks without seems, none which...

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Dancing with the Moon - Embracing Womanhood

Uncategorized Oct 25, 2020

The wisdom of women’s bodies has long been forgotten by many but as more women start to remember, acknowledge and harness the power within we can truly start to live with more ease, joy and flow.

As women our bodies cycle with the moon and as the moon affects the tides of the seas, it so affects the tides within each of us. As we ebb and flow with each tide, we swell and release  and that is our birth right, it is our power. However by never acknowledging and truly accepting ourselves, no wonder so many of us feel disconnected with ourselves and unsure of our place in the world. If you have never acknowledged how you truly feel about yourself during ovulation and your period consider how this happens perhaps twice a month, depending how regular and long your cycles are.  So every two weeks you get thrown off course, feeling shame, frustration, guilt maybe even anger at not being the person you think you ‘should be’. Twice a month…that’s 24...

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My Perfect Day...

Uncategorized Jun 16, 2020
9 weeks ago I managed to really badly sprain my ankle, and I was so upset because I had just started properly getting back into my running. After a tentative toddle across the field with Lily yesterday, this morning I bashed out 1.5 miles on the treadmill, I could have done 2 but didn't want to risk doing too much too soon. I can't tell you how pleased and relieved I am to be running again. I've posted this picture because Lily kept putting her bone on the treadmill and watching it roll off
 
During this period of enforced stillness so much has changed and things seem much clearer now, it's meant I could knuckle down and not only get some work done for Gentle Release but also some deep and much needed work for myself.
 
On this journey I've had some amazing Virtual Gentle Release sessions from Liz and Jayne, after each one I can immediately feel a difference in my ankle and how easy it is to move. I've also done lots of Gentle Release on myself and had some...
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Redefining my relationship with food and myself

I had been struggling with my weight for most of my adult life, you name it I’ve tried it, from Weight watchers to Atkins, from Slimming World to the 5:2, I had even tried some very weird and obscure diets. I quite literally would have done anything to resolve this….and if I would do anything, why couldn’t I just stop eating? If you have been on this journey like me, you will know it really isn’t that simple.

In the summer of 2019 as I turned 39 I was no longer willing to carry this battle into my 40’s. I had also made the decision earlier in the year to grow out my silver hair and really wanted to ‘rock it’ rather than look like I had completely given up on myself. I knew Gentle Release was great for releasing emotional issues and I knew that I had an emotional need to eat. Difficult times with my young daughter and I would dive straight for the chocolate, argument with husband…comfort food, times for celebration…well you...

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Supporting our little superheroes using Gentle Release Therapy

Gentle Release Therapy offers some really simple, gentle and natural tools that can support a variety of common childhood issues such as constipation, bladder control, stress, anger, frustration and anxiety.

Combining fundamental beliefs of Traditional Chinese Medicine (which acupuncture is based on) we also use gentle touch as a form of Energy work to allow the body to release tension. You may be familiar with Reiki which is another form of Energy work. 

Children tend to respond brilliantly to Gentle Release Therapy and it can be used from birth to adulthood and beyond, and you can also use it anywhere at anytime. I used it when my daughter was just 2 days old on the Neonatal ward, the next day she had recovered enough to be moved to my room, before we were discharged.

They can be in any position, whether you decide to hold a baby in your arms or for toddlers and above you can even have them lie on your knee while they watch TV. It's also a firm favourite...

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Stillness, Transformation and Planting Seeds for the Future

Uncategorized May 05, 2020

At the beginning of lock down I ordered my daughter a butterfly garden, a few weeks later we received our caterpillars and it has been such an interesting experience watching the process of transformation. It made me see how this process mirrors the times many of us are finding ourselves in right now.

First of all the caterpillar stage, small and cute to start with, after a while there were too many for their size in each pot and with the smell of the caterpillar poo they got banished to another room. Eventually each caterpillar became a chrysalis and we were able to move them to their new clean habitat, but to my surprise each caterpillar left part of its old self behind, still in its original form.

Then for around a week we had a period of immense stillness, whilst all those changes are going on within its little cocoon. This is where I feel many of us are right now, cocooned in our homes, undergoing this process of transformation. For some there may be little to see as yet,...

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Fertility for men and women from a Gentle Release perspective

Fertility is a subject entangled around my heart, after our own 5 year journey trying to conceive our beautiful daughter Imogen, I have lived the journey and the painful uncompromising path it takes, tying you up in knots until you no longer resemble the person you used to be. When your closest friends, family and social media become daggers through your heart with the most innocent of comments or announcements. Notwithstanding the monthly ebb and flow of your own cycle and the torture that brings…that’s if you’re even lucky enough to be having regular cycles.

The fertility journey isn’t just about hormones, sperm and eggs, it’s about you and your partner, how you feel, your physical, emotional and spiritual health, how you live and how you deal with it all.
 
Gentle Release Therapy uses an extremely light touch to release blocked energy and help get energy flowing more freely once again. Some of the techniques use Traditional Chinese Medicine...
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What's holding you back?

Are you fulfilled and happy with your life right now?

What would you like to change?
 
Fear, frustration, anger, grief, overthinking, worry and past experiences can all affect your ability to move forward and restrict the flow in your life.
 
As a therapist I often find these emotions and experiences held in the body, releasing them allows the Qi (Energy) to flow. The Liver in Traditional Chinese Medicine is connected to Anger and Frustration and also helps Qi flow around the body. The Kidneys are connected to fear, working with these areas along with others the body works with more ease from a physical and emotional perspective. As I look back over the years I've watched many of my clients move onward and upwards with their careers, relationships and family life. This wasn't an intention of the treatment at the time, we would usually be working on a physical issue, it simply seems to be a side effect of letting go and allowing energy to flow.

After my own fertility...

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